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LCUB leaders approve line contractor
Farragut line construction begins soon


Construction will begin as “soon as the poles arrive,” said Fred Nelson, Lenoir City Utility Board general manager, following a unanimous vote by the utility’s governing board to let the installation contract to Dillar Smith Construction Co.

The decision came during the LCUB meeting held Monday, Sept. 17, in the auditorium of the City Hall of Lenoir City.

Nelson added the clearing work for the easement was complete.

“We only cleared 30 feet to each side, instead of 50, which is what the easement is — 100 feet,” Nelson said commenting on how LCUB was trying to be “neighbor friendly” to Farragut residents.

The project will consist of replacing 3.75 miles of line with a new double circuit 69 kilovolt transmission line and a 13 kv underbuild from a new Watt Road substation to the existing Farragut substation located off Fretz Road.

Nelson said once the project is complete, Farragut residents would have fewer power interruptions.

The project also calls for the installation of 85 steel poles along the path.

In other business, the board:

• authorized its Gas, Water and Sewer Department to seek bids for a new backhoe.

• authorized its Water Department to seek bids for a new service truck.

• awarded a tree trimming contract for the Manis substation feeder 224 to Wolfe tree service.

Attending the meeting were Lenoir City Mayor Matt Brookshire, who heads the board; all members of the City Council of Lenoir City; and Pat Beasley, voting member from West Knox County. Former alderman Joel Garber, who represents the town of Farragut, did not attend.

 

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